Worked on the arcade cabinet this weekend. Decided that it needs to be in portrait mode to look better. Will try different resolutions to decide what is best but it already looks great.
Since I decided monitor should be in portrait mode, I mounted it in the rear part of the cabinet to also give it some distance from the front. Then installed a piece of cardboard to cover the wood in front of the monitor and cut an opening.
Chose some felt with +Kelly Love
to put on top of cardboard and cut an opening on that. Stapled the felt to the wood and covered the staples with a black sharpie so they arent very visible (Kelly's Idea :)).
Cut a new piece of cardboard to cover the top portion too. Looking into having sound from the pi from both the hdmi and the audio out. If I get that working, Ill install speakers on the top portion since its empty there.
Then I got some plexiglass which they cut to the dimensions you give them at lowes and installed that on the front. When I found out that they cut the plexiglass for you at lowes I was ecstatic..and then when I slid it on the cabinet and it was a perfect fit, I was super happy yet again. The plexiglass is my favorite part.
Ive ordered joysticks and buttons to install on a plywood and they should arrive this week. After I test and configure those, I can install them on a piece of plywood and solder them. I was given the extra parts of the plexiglass when they cut it and one fits perfect on top where the joysticks will go.
Underneath I will keep the keyboard and probably the joypads so you have them as an option.
Once everything is setup and working perfect, I will look into the circuitry required to get the nes guns working with the pi and I can use those too. Ill probably make some holsters on each side for the guns.
This is becoming the perfect arcade cabinet project.
Have a short video of me playing pacman on it. Sorry for the vertical video... +Kelly Love
was taking the video and apparently suffers from vvs. But you get the idea :)